2010 National Park Quarter Products

2010 National Park Quarter ProductsWith the New Year upon us, it is time to start thinking of 2010 issues coming from the United States Mint. One of the most highly anticipated among collectors is the debut of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, featuring commemorative quarter-dollars honoring national parks and other national sites.

Containing five new designs annually for the length of the 11-year series, the US Mint will be issuing many related products as a result of the program throughout the course of each year. Those familiar with the 50-State Quarter Program and its follow-up DC and Territories Program will recognize most of the options.

According to the Mint, the five new quarters to be issued in 2010 have the following anticipated release months: Continue reading 2010 National Park Quarter Products

America the Beautiful Quarters Program

America the Beautiful Quarter Obverse DesignThe United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program was officially announced on September 9, 2009. This new program encompasses a total of 56 new quarter designs that will run from 2010 through 2021.

At a rate of 5 per year, a new America the Beautiful Quarters will be issued featuring a reverse design emblematic of a National Park or National Site from each state as well as Washington D.C. and the U.S. territories. After consulting with the executive in charge of each locality and with the Secretary of the Interior, the US Mint submitted a list of recommended sites to Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner who approved it on August 25, 2009.

A detailed listing of America the Beautiful Quarters by year, name and state or territory is shown further below. For specific information on each release, click the date or location links found here:

Quarter Program Information by Date and Site


The order of issue for each coin was determined by the date the site officially came under the control of the United States government.

As such, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas was the first coin in the new series. The national site was created as a reservation area in 1832 and renamed a National Park in 1922.

“These new quarters will honor some of our most revered, treasured and beautiful national sites — majestic and historic places located throughout the United States and its territories that truly make us ‘America the Beautiful,'” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy.

The obverse (heads side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters feature a portrait of George Washington based on the historic image that first appeared on the quarter in 1932. The United States Mint states that “subtle details and the beauty of the original model” will be seen in the William Cousins version that will be used (included design image shown above.) Cousins is no stranger to coin design, as his work has been seen on quarters since the 1999 launch of the 50 State Quarters® Program.

In addition to the quarter-dollar coins, the America’s Beautiful National Park Quarters Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-156) that authorized them also calls for massive America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins to be released that are “exact duplicates of the quarter dollars.” These bullion strikes are 3 inches in diameter and weigh 5 ounces. According to the law, each silver bullion coin will not be available until the quarter with the same design is issued.

Following is a complete list of the chosen sites to be featured in the America’s Beautiful National Park Quarters Program. Each entry shows the state, territory or district in which the site is located along with the year it came under federal control.

National Park & Site Quarter Release Schedule


  • Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park Quarter, 1832
  • Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park Quarter, 1872
  • California, Yosemite National Park Quarter, 1890
  • Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park Quarter, 1893
  • Oregon, Mt. Hood National Forest Site Quarter, 1893


  • Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, 1895
  • Montana, Glacier National Park Quarter, 1897
  • Washington, Olympic National Park Quarter, 1897
  • Mississippi, Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter, 1899
  • Oklahoma, Chickasaw National Recreation Area Site Quarter, 1902


  • Puerto Rico, El Yunque National Forest Site Quarter, 1903
  • New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 1907
  • Maine, Acadia National Park Quarter, 1916
  • Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarter, 1916
  • Alaska, Denali National Park Quarter, 1917


  • New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest Site Quarter, 1918
  • Ohio, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Site Quarter, 1919
  • Nevada, Great Basin National Park Quarter, 1922
  • Maryland, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Site Quarter, 1925
  • South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Site Quarter, 1925


  • Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter, 1926
  • Virginia, Shenandoah National Park Quarter, 1926
  • Utah, Arches National Park Quarter, 1929
  • Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter, 1932
  • Florida, Everglades National Park Quarter, 1934


  • Nebraska, Homestead National Monument of America Site Quarter, 1936
  • Louisiana, Kisatchie National Forest Site Quarter, 1936
  • North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway Site Quarter, 1936
  • Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Site Quarter, 1937
  • New York, Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter, 1938


  • Illinois, Shawnee National Forest Site Quarter, 1939
  • Kentucky, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter, 1940
  • West Virginia, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter, 1944
  • North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter, 1946
  • South Carolina, Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Site Quarter, 1948


  • Iowa, Effigy Mounds National Monument Site Quarter, 1949
  • District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter, 1962
  • Missouri, Ozark National Scenic Riverways Site Quarter, 1964
  • New Jersey, Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) Site Quarter, 1965
  • Indiana, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter, 1966


  • Michigan, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Site Quarter, 1966
  • Wisconsin, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Site Quarter, 1970
  • Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park Quarter, 1971
  • Georgia, Cumberland Island National Seashore Site Quarter, 1972
  • Rhode Island, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Site Quarter, 1973


  • Massachusetts, Lowell National Historical Park Quarter, 1978
  • Northern Mariana Islands, American Memorial Park Quarter, 1978
  • Guam, War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter, 1978
  • Texas, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter, 1978
  • Idaho, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Site Quarter, 1980


  • American Samoa, National Park of American Samoa Quarter, 1988
  • Connecticut, Weir Farm National Historic Site Quarter, 1990
  • U.S. Virgin Islands, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter, 1992
  • Vermont, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter, 1992
  • Kansas, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Site Quarter, 1996


  • Alabama, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter, 1998

For more, also see sister site America the Beautiful Quarters.

Yellowstone to be Featured in 2010 on First Parks Quarter

Editor’s update: The US Mint announced the national park and site quarter release scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 9. In a surprise, Yellowstone National Park will be released second in 2010. Although it is the first American national park, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas was selected first having been designated a reserve first. For more developments, read America the Beautiful Quarters Introduced on CoinNews.

Yellowstone River & Washburn RangeThe United States Mint is scheduled to announce on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the list of 56 historic sites and parks to be commemorated on the new quarter-dollar series beginning in 2010. These National Parks Quarters will run for 11 years and feature one location from each state as well as the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories.

Authorized by the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-156), the coins will still apparently bear the likeness of George Washington on the obverse (heads side), as they have done since 1932. However, located on the reverse (tails side) will be a design emblematic of the chosen location.

The first site in the list and to be featured in the new series is already known. 2010 will kickoff with the Yellowstone National Park Quarter. Continue reading Yellowstone to be Featured in 2010 on First Parks Quarter

Roosevelt to replace Washington on Quarters?

President Theodore Roosevelt and John MuirConsider replacing George Washington’s portrait on U.S. quarters with an image of Theodore Roosevelt, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) unanimously recommended in their Jan. 27 meeting, according to Numismatic News.

Information about the National Park Quarters has been minimal, as should be expected for much of 2009 given the United States Mint will not begin issuing the quarters until 2010.

However, the first five quarter designs will be completed this year in preparation for their release next year. And the CCAC, which advises the Secretary of the Treasury on designs for coinage, has already made their first recommendation for the series. Continue reading Roosevelt to replace Washington on Quarters?

New 11-year quarter-dollar coin series approved

Mt. Moran from Leigh LakePresident Bush today signed into law legislation authorizing a new multi-year coin series of National Park Quarters and super-sized five ounce silver coins beginning in 2010.

With the conclusion of the highly successful 50 State Quarters® Program this year and the six-quarter DC and US Territories program beginning and ending in 2009, the quarter-dollar was set to revert to a static design in 2010.

No longer. The year will now mark the launch of a new series of coins to "provide for a program for circulating quarter dollar coins that are emblematic of a national park or other national site in each State, the District of Columbia, and each territory of the United States." A list of parks shows the potential for a very broad scope of designs.

The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act (H.R.6184) passed in the House of Representatives July 9, 2008 and unpredictably gained approval in the lame duck session of the Senate on December 10, 2008. Continue reading New 11-year quarter-dollar coin series approved

National Park Quarters legislation passes Senate

Legislation to create at least 56 newly designed quarters over a ten-year period is now a presidential signature away from law. America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act (H.R.6184) passed in the House of Representatives July 9, 2008 and unexpectedly made its way through the lame duck session of the Senate on Wednesday.

It is all too common for legislation to take months and sometimes years to pass. Hope for 2008 action on H.R.6184 dwindled further as the political season approached and the resulting lame duck members of congress returned to Washington D.C. to close out the year. Few would have expected its Senate passage by Unanimous Consent this year.

President Bush will likely sign the bill into law within ten days. With that, commemorative national park or site quarters at the rate of five different designs per year for each state, D.C. and U.S. Territory will be issued beginning in 2010. The legislation authorizes a second round of quarters at the discretion of the Treasury Secretary, which could push the series into 2020.

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New National Parks Quarter bill in Senate

Last week another commemorative national park quarters bill called S.3290 was brought before the Senate. It reads almost exactly like the first one (S.3214) that was introduced less than a month earlier.

The new one has some extra phrases that clarify certain sections in the bill, but most of the changes are barely noticeable. The purpose is the same — to create commemorative national park or site quarters in each state, D.C. and U.S. Territory starting in 2010.

The silver bullion coin section — the portion that permits a collector version of park quarters — does stands out. The older legislation has the silver weight at 5 ounces with a diameter of 3 inches — that is unique by itself for US coinage. (US bullion coins have been one ounce at most.) The newest proposal has increased the weight to a much larger 8 ounces. More on this in an upcoming post.

It’s hard to say why the old bill wasn’t updated. It was already very similar to the House of Representatives version (H.R.6184) that passed on July 9.

S.3290 does show continuing support for park quarters in the Senate and stronger evidence a quarter bill will become law.

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